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The ultimate solutions provider Masterminding a new building project is an exciting yet demanding prospect. Especially so when you are in the building services sector.

Specialising in the design, installation and maintenance of building services solutions, SES has established a strong reputation as one of the leading, independent building services companies in the UK. Operating throughout an integrated network of local offices across the country, but utilising the strengths of a national business, SES works on projects for both the public and private sectors offering clients a true national capability with the added value of local presence. As part of being a national solutions provider, we also operate a module manufacturing facility called PRISM (Prefabricated Integrated Services Modules) and a facilities management company called Shepherd FM, making our service truly ‘cradle-to-grave’.

Big Business SES is part of Shepherd Group, one of Europe's largest privately owned businesses. The Group's operations in national and international markets include substantial companies in Construction and Engineering, Manufacturing and Property Development.


Lifelong learning is a reality We are excited about the difference we can make to the lives of young people, and others working and living in the local community.

Education has never been more visible an issue than it is today. Currently more and more people are staying on at school post GCSE, and the Government’s target of 50% of school leavers to go on to further education, has resulted in the continuing need for better facilities. Along with all stakeholders in this sector, it is our aim to create inspirational learning environments, which not only make students want to learn, but also produces an environment where teachers are proud to teach.

We aim to: Work collaboratively with our customers to achieve mutual benefits Develop a culture of openness, trust and communication Ensure minimal disruption to curriculum delivery during the building phase Incorporate construction and M&E activities into curriculum delivery through demonstrations, site visits, coursework opportunities and where appropriate, work placements / Consult with stakeholders during all stages of the programme / Care for the environment and the local community / / / /


Henley Business School | University of Reading


Working in the Education Sector is a challenging, rewarding and inspiring area in which to operate, providing ever-increasing opportunities to be innovative. New investment, new ways of working, new demands on everyone’s time. And most of all, a requirement for new and refurbished facilities. Putting together a team to deliver a new build or refurbishment project successfully is yet another challenge, and one which you cannot afford to get wrong. And whom you select as a building services provider is one of the key elements in the whole process. You need people who understand your needs. Who understand that budgets must be adhered to. That quality must be guaranteed. You need people who have done this before. Who understand. Who will be focussed on just one thing - your needs. Our experience of working in this sector typifies our strategy of specialising in chosen markets where we have developed a first class reputation for delivering quality products and services to a select range of clients. Our track record speaks for itself.

A thinking business “We strongly believe that collaborative partnerships provide the best value for money and deliver tangible benefits and superb results for all involved. “Our key strengths include our skill at partnering with clients, consortia members, advisors and supply chain. We continue to build solid relationships with all stakeholders and focus on projects where we can succeed by adding value, in all aspects of the life long learning process. “Adding value and delivering for our customers is an intrinsic part of our relationship activities and responsibilities. We are a ‘thinking business’ that’s what our customers expect, that’s what they need and that’s what we deliver.” David Mason | Business Director | SES

Employing the experts “Within the Education Sector, a number of complex procurement routes, coupled with the need for a supply chain that truly understands the transformational education requirements, highlighted the necessity for expertise in this sector. This includes being able to inform, guide and shape the culture of our business as well as supporting our channels in meeting their own objectives. “Our team of education specialists ensures a single source of information, knowledge and experience. Not only for our customers, but also for our employees, supply chain and consultants working on education projects throughout the UK. “The education of our children couldn’t be more important than it is today. We have seen how the world’s financial climate can change in a matter of days, having an immediate effect on the employment market. We should therefore encourage our children to get the education that they deserve and become prepared for the world of employment.” Mike Smith | Head of Sectors | SES


Primary and early years We’re giving children the best possible start "Working on a project in the Education Sector is always a great pleasure - as it is these premises that can help shape the future of today's children. Harrowgate Hill is part of a very special group of schools and the entire project team were delighted when it was handed over to the client early and on budget!" Dan Chappel | Project Manager | SES

Enabling children to reach their full potential begins in earnest at Key Stage 1, and the DCSF goal is to provide ‘excellence and enjoyment for every child’. If you improve school buildings and do away with the ‘mend and make do’ culture, teachers can concentrate on their pupils instead of dealing with problems concerning the building itself.


Darlington Education Village


BSF is more than just a building programme; its aim is to create learning environments that inspire all young people to unlock hidden talents and reach their full potential, and to provide teachers with 21st century places of work, providing access to facilities that can also be used by all members of the local community.

Secondary schools and academies We are committed to reducing carbon emissions and making the most of sustainable features to help protect the environment. Notably, we are able to study energy usage, use rainwater for flushing toilets, use alternative sources of energy, as well as using recycled materials for construction. At SES we consider the design of buildings in the ongoing drive to improve the services for teachers and pupils alike. Wider corridors, toilet blocks near to classrooms (possibly unisex) and staff rooms strategically located to allow for passive supervision, along with the reduction in bullying are just a few of the ‘thinking’ processes we go through. SES has been involved in BSF from its infancy, delivering one of the first schools within the BSF pathfinder. This early learning has provided an excellent platform for delivering future schemes. Here you will find a combination of sustainable energy systems designed to suit each individual project. This allows us to develop BREEAM excellent rated schools whilst reducing carbon emissions by up to 60%. Working closely with the whole design team is essential in order to achieve the aspirations of the programme, whilst still achieving BB101 strict requirements. Design for fire strategy, acoustics, security access and lighting all play a major part in the successful delivery of education facilities, especially when considering extended community use.

“Tong High School provides its pupils with outstanding facilities and opportunities to learn. SES has been integral in building the infrastructure of what is truly a significant achievement for the BSF scheme.” John Petrie | Assistant Head Teacher and BSF Lead | Tong High School


Christ’s College | Guildford

Big Wood High School | Nottingham BSF

Temple Moor High School | Leeds BSF

Tong High School | Bradford

Stockley Academy | Middlesex


All images | Pond Meadow School | Guildford

Special educational needs “Darlington Education Village was the first of its kind ever to be built in England, bringing primary, secondary and special needs onto one campus. SES was part of the project team, working with Kajima, responsible for all domestic services. Now the school has been operational for a few years we are able to fully appreciate the contributions that SES made.� Dame Dela Smith | Executive Director | Darlington Education Village


At SES we are sympathetic to, and experienced in, special educational needs, whether it be in mainstream or S.E.N. facilities Environmental services are particularly important when considering the comfort and wellbeing of children in every facility: Acoustics: the transfer of noise between classrooms as well as external noise and reverberation within rooms can have an effect on children with sensory impairments or autism. Lighting and Daylight: requirements could include lighting levels that enhance sight and are

free of shadow and reflections, as they can change the mood of a space through dimming whilst remaining flicker free. Heating Systems: care and attention must be paid when planning the heating in all schools, with particular emphasis in S.E.N. For example, under-floor heating is a good provider of ambient heating, but is not practical if air changes occur due to frequently opening doors. It can also provide excessive heat for large matted areas where children are sitting for long periods.

Temperature requirements also change for differing disabilities and S.E.N. Ventilation: we appreciate that ventilation should be considered at the same time as acoustics and heating. For example, some systems could be particularly distracting for certain pupils and it may be a requirement to use low noise systems.


Aces Building | Sheffield Hallam University

University of Warwick

Learning Resource Centre | University of Sheffield

New College Durham

Devonshire Building | University of Newcastle

Teesside University


Colleges Participation in education and training at age 16plus is dramatically increasing and with this brings the need to provide higher standards and greater choice of 6th form colleges. Many of the goals and aspirations of secondary schools are mirrored in colleges. These include good lighting, ventilation and the use of sustainable technologies to achieve BREEAM excellent. Universities Higher education in this country continues to be recognised throughout the world for the quality of its teaching and research. Growth in student numbers, employer links and widening participation are key challenges for the sector and it is essential that it continues to invest in quality to underpin its research base.

Further and Higher Education University of Reading

Devonshire Building

“SES is proud to be involved in what was the first Business School in the UK, and is still a leading international institution, ranked among the top 200 universities in the world.

“It has been a pleasure for me to work on such a project with such a committed team where the emphasis was on the projects and in satisfying the needs of the University.”

“This fast tracked project was handed over to the client at the end of March 2009. This was a major achievement for us, in terms of supply chain management, as it involved co-ordinating more than 100 nationwide suppliers to deliver products to site within very tight timescales. We’re extremely pleased with the end result.”

Nick Purdie Project Development Officer University of Newcastle

Robert Doherty Divisional Director | SES


Corporate social responsibility Our commitment to the world we live in Sustainability to us is about using business growth to improve environments and communities now and for future generations. By engaging with customers, end-users and local communities, we create shared understanding of the needs and impacts of our projects, together with a view of what is technically possible and affordable. We understand that there needs to be an appropriate balance between our core financial objectives, increasing our alignment with key stakeholder groups and fulfilling the range of responsibilities to society and the communities in which we operate.


Our approach is simple

Integrated responsibility

We develop and inspire our people to meet the future demands of the business. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment by reducing our carbon footprint and minimising waste. We support communities through providing opportunities for employment, working with schools, voluntary organisations and local charities. We provide leadership and raise awareness of these issues with all of our stakeholders.

As an industry we are facing many challenges - the introduction of new legislation, tough new regulations on sustainable building plus a shortage of skilled people. To truly make a difference and accelerate progress in this area, we believe in working in partnership with our customers, suppliers and industry peers. We feel a strong sense of responsibility to the communities we serve and we’re determined to play our part in making them sustainable places to live and work, now and in the future.


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